[ BOOKS ] ✯ Mũrogi wa Kagogo Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o – Survivingtheholocaust.us

Mũrogi wa KagogoDer Kenianische Schriftsteller Ngugi Wa Thiongo Z Hlt Zu Den Wichtigsten Erz Hlern Afrikas Sein Roman Herr Der Kr Hen Ist Der Afrikaroman Des 21 Jahrhunderts, Eine Sehr Am Sante Satire Auf Den Prototypen Des Afrikanischen Despoten In Aburiria Soll Das Marching To Heaven Entstehen, Ein Gigantisches Bauwerk, Das Himmel Und Erde Verbindet Der Herrscher Von Aburiria Will Sich Damit Ein Monumentales Denkmal Setzen Besonders Seine Minister Machokali Und Sikiokuu Wollen Vom Ruhm Profitieren Und Buckeln Darum Umso Ergebener Als Der Herrscher In Die USA Reist, Um Bei Der Global Bank Geld F R Den Bau Zu Leihen, Wird Er Von Einer Mysteri Sen Krankheit Berrascht, Er Bl Ht Sich Wie Ein Ballon Auf Und H Ngt Seither Unter Der Zimmerdecke Kein Arzt Kann Ihm Helfen, Nur Der Herr Der Kr Hen , Der Ber Zauberkr Fte Verf Gt Und Als Heiler Und Wahrsager Zu Ruhm Gelangt.

[ BOOKS ] ✯ Mũrogi wa Kagogo Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o – Survivingtheholocaust.us
  • Hardcover
  • 944 pages
  • Mũrogi wa Kagogo
  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • German
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9783940666178

    10 thoughts on “[ BOOKS ] ✯ Mũrogi wa Kagogo Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o – Survivingtheholocaust.us


  1. says:

    This is a monumental, epic book that encompasses most of Africa s post colonial history, and one which I feel hopelessly unqualified to review It was originally written in the G k y language, for local consumption in Kenya, and was translated into English by the author himself It is an outrageous mixture of fantasy, farce and social commentary which draws on history, religion and local mythology At different times I was reminded of Bulgakov, Rushdie and Marquez, but it occupies a truly unique space of its own It is surprisingly easy to read for such a big complex book and is often very funny.At its heart is the fictional Free Republic of Abur ria, which has been ruled seemingly in perpetuity by a brutal despot known simply as The Ruler From the start it becomes clear that there are outrageous and supernatural elements at play The Ruler s principal advisers are Machokali, whose eyes have been surgically enlarged for his role as the eyes of the ruler, and Sikiokuu, who has done something similar with his ears Their latest scheme to aggrandise the Rule...


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    In Decolonising the Mind The Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngugi wa Thiong o complained that African neo colonial leaders behave so ridiculously that it s hard to satirise them similarly, my Dad recently quoted to me from an interview about Bremner Bird Fortune it s getting easier to make fun of politicians Lots of our later sketches mainly consisted of reading out government policy but he manages to do it here to painfully funny effect At the same time he completely demystifies power by revealing the thought processes of the Ruler and his scheming ministers.I remember reading in Decolonising the Mind about how his books were read by the Kenyan people he wanted to reach once he started writing in Gikuyu Since in many villages literacy was not widespread, literate folks would read aloud in public places like bars The whole time I was reading, I was imagining that space, where newcomers would need to ask questions and be appraised of background detail where someone would forget an earlier plot point and explanations would be necessary, where jokes were repeate...


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    In the life of a bookworm, there s no greater feeling than finishing a chunker of a book and ending up enjoying it immensely It s also rare to encounter a tale that is so unconventional and new that is must be described as a revelation I am incredibly happy that I finally got around to reading Wizard of the Crow by Ng g wa Thiong o I was reminded of this book last fall when I attended a lecture of Ng g s son Since then I ve been dying to pick up his work To understand African literature, when you re coming from a Western point of view, it is important to keep the social and political context of the stories at hand in mind Personally, I was not very knowledgeable when it came to Kenya as a country and its government and people before jumping into this book However, having done some research now, I think it is absolutely quintessential to at least know the bare structure of Ng g s life and what he suffered through to become the writer he is today History, particularly African history, was the scene of ...


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    While I enjoyed the first part of this satire of political unrest, economic hypocrisy and social upheaval, I was distracted by too much going on too many pages, characters, sub stories, and Three hundred pages in and it was all so much, that I couldn t stay with Kamiti as he morphed from graduate student, to unemployed man, then homeless beggar, and then Wizard of the Crow I wondered if a few pages could have been edited out, the narrative arc tightened, and the country well, which African country is it, for Africa is too big a continent to tackle in one novel, as the blurb on my hardcover copy suggests Admittedly, I m a fan of Wa Thiong o s I found his memoir, Dreams in a Time of War A Childhood Memoir, singular and stunning Yet while I m grateful that he is a feminist who in his fictional plot has reminded me to reread African women writers like Emecheta and Dangaremgba, and to try Indian women writers like Arun...


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    If you love Dictator Novels you ll love this one.Also, there s just not that many long books I ve come across from the African Continent There s The City of God of course, but that s not really what we re talking about So of course you offer me an 800 page brick of a book from The Continent, sure, I m going to go after it And in a day and an age like this, if you reside in the USofA and you re curious about LeClair s call for a Rump Age novel, well, here you ll have a pretty good model to work from Because of course the problem is, How to write an over the top satire of Evil when Evil is already so over the top self satirizing given how RealPolitik concludes this novel however it s not all just a question of over the top Evil, but also of banal NeoEvil politics At any rate, to make a distinction, I find in my reading of BIG books there s a difference between the FAT and the simply long KittenSquisher Chunkster FAT is a lot of languagelanguagelanguage on a lot of pages Simply long etc of course is just a lot of page...


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    Absolutely epic A 900pp sprawling monster of a book that takes on colonisation, corruption, superstition, greed, social cultural problems and everything people use to screw each other up, all without ever losing hope or sight of a better way Translated by the Kenyan author from his native language It features a hero who accidentally becomes a postcolonial witch doctor, and a heroine whose urban efforts to resist the Daniel Arap Moi ish dictator take a turn Lots of turns are taken, as the farcical but terrifying Ruler and his team of lackeys all of them professing endless loyalty while eyeing the throne go through surreal contortions of abuse of power It is not a summarisable book Highlights include the sequence where a man holds an army camp not at gunpoint but at shit point really need to read it to get that one the incapacitating attacks of white ache suffered by the ...


  7. says:

    Wizard of the CrowFROM THE BLURB Commencing in our times and set in the Free Republic of Aburlria, the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people Among the contenders His High Mighty Excellency the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom the corrupt Christian Ministry and the nefarious Global Bank Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Wizard of the Crow reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity To make sense of the book I had to list the characters as they appeared in this geopolitical satire There is a vast cast of characters, but the most important ones, including the main, as well as supporting personalities, are mentioned here 1 The angry Second Ruler of the Free Republic of Aburiria, the Father of the Nation,2 Rachel his wife locked up in solitary confinement3 His four sons Rueben Kucera three star general in the army Samwel Moya two star general Dickens Soi one star general Richard Runyenje army captain.They were all on the board of directors of several parastatals closely linked to foreign companies, particularly those involved in the exploration of oil and the mining of precious minerals Th...


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    About half way through the Wizard of the Crow the Ruler makes a trip to New York with his Ministers in order to try and persuade officials of the Global Bank to lend Aburiria the money to advance the nation s Marching to Heaven Project.The Ruler falls ill on the trip and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Machokali, is forced to call the Wizard of the Crow to fly from to Aburiria New York to affect a cure.Machokali is worried that if the news ever leaked out that the Ruler was seeking the help of a Witch Doctor to cure his ills this would discredit the Ruler and the country of Aburiria in the eyes of the world It would show that Aburiria was a primitive and uneducated country, so backward that it s leaders still believed in magic and sorcery.Machokali has never before seen the Wizard of the Crow and begins to panic when it occurs to him that the Wizard might arrive at JFK Airport in full Witch Doctor dress naked except for his loin cloth and a couple of feathers perhaps and he curses himself for not thinking about this earlier Fortunately, as the reader but not Machokali is well aware, the Wizard of the Crow is quite the post modern Witch Doctor and tends to wear conservative suits rather than bangles and fetishes.This is Ng g wa Thiong o s little joke of course.As is well known American Republican Presidents are all to...


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    I have a thing for books that create their own mythologies, and Wizard of the Crow has risen to the top of that list Set in a fictional African country, this novel takes a serious romp through a stretch of land containing a Postcolonial dictatorship at odds with its people, hysterically played out through a young couple claiming to be The Wizard of the Crow, a sorcerer capable of knowing even The Ruler s deepest secret, the guilt of white envy, by divination through a mirror I realize this review sounds like...


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    There are quite a few legends in this world One of the oldest tells of how the people of Babylon decided to build a tower all the way up to Heaven But to no one s great surprise, The Lord disapproved, and not only did he tear the tower down but by making everyone speak different languages he also made sure that nothing like it would ever happen again.Bah humbug, says the dictator of the compleeetely fictional African country of Aburiria really, it has absolutely nothing to do with wa Thiong o s native Kenya Really He s ruled the country with an iron fist almost since the day the English left, he s both the ruler and the lord of everyone, and nobody s going to tell him that there are limits to his power No, he s going to build a modern Tower of Babel and march all the way to the stars to show the world that Africa can do things the West can t even imagine All he needs to get it going is to a use both whips and carrots to convince the people that this is much important than nonsense such as democracy, jobs and food, and b convince the World Bank to finance it since Aburiria doesn t actually have much money of its own How difficult can it be Thanks to the English language there s a com...

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